Origial Sash windows, should I replace them?

I live in a 19 century house, it's around 150 years old. All the windows are the original sash windows, they are single glazed, I'm thinking of replacing them with uPVC double glazed sash windows. The reason for this is because I noticed the other day that they were rotting and nearly falling out. The house had a lot of windows and it would cost me around £12,000 to get them all replaced with sash uPVC. Also I live there with my mum who is elderly and is normally cold in the house, so we have to blast the heating out through the whole house all the time and it puts the heating bills up massivley. I want to know if it's worth replacing the windows or will it spoil the look of the house? If we were to sell the house, would the replaced windows lower the price of the house?

Asked By: - 2/5/2012
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I had the same dilemma with my own victorian house. I was in a conservation area but got permission because the UPVC I went for were so similar to the originals... More
Answered By: Gary - 2/5/2012
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First thing get proper cavity wall and loft space insulation. that will cut down your heating bills. then as you can afford it change the windows like for like not plastic one or two at a time starting with the worst
Answered By: asseenfromoutside - 2/5/2012
I used to repair and paint my sliding sash windows as I never liked the look of the pvc versions. However, things have improved. You can now get pvc with ovolo mouldings that look much softer that the old chamfered versions. In general the quality has improved and more importantly the prices have dropped. I suggest you... More
Answered By: Bazza - 2/5/2012
wooden double glazed sash units are common now days .Not only do they look like the original they really improve the value of an old house like yours... More
Answered By: Costalot - 2/5/2012
bazza is right about sliding sash upvc ..they have improved a mile over the old ones prices are at warwickshire window company ..ask for glen ...i use them all the time will have no cavity to fill ..building regs for loft is 270mm ...get class A windows .wooden windows would not add any extra value to... More
Answered By: boy boy - 2/5/2012
I had my sash windows repaired by sash windows northwest it worked out alot cheaper than having them replaced.
Answered By: poppy - 2/5/2014
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